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HISTORY

1963 Ampol Cup Winners 1987 Premier League Champions
Legia Warszawa visit to Polonia 1975 Champions
Dads Army Reserves Champions 1987
Old Timers The Team of the eighties
1971 Reserves Alex Reserves
Team of the seventies Women behind the 70s men
Tomasz Ostrowski's 70s Executive Committee Hay days
Bogdan Bonk Polonia's first match
First training 1950 First team 1950
Premiership team 1960 Champions team 1961
National runnersup 1963 1970 team
Gorski's and Sewinska's visit Boniek visits Polonia
Team 1992 Coaching brains trust 2000
Staszek Imosa's new recruit Joseph - The early years
1987 Aki goals Gorski at Polonia
Eddie Widera - Champion player and coach Lech and Staszek
First Miss Polonia 1963 - Stella Ekselman First Miss Polonia 1963 - Stella Ekselman



With the conclusion of the Second World War, many Poles were unable to, 
or did not want to return to their homeland for various reasons and as
such made the decision to emigrate to Australia and begin a new life for
themselves and their families. They were ex-servicemen and women,
displaced persons, etc.

As Poles have done for countless generations, they began to form various
organizations to uphold their old traditions and their identities, to 
elevate their homesickness, finding solace with their own kind in a
strange and at times inhospitable new land.

Sport has always been a major enjoyment to Poles and as such a Polish 
Soccer Club was inevitable.

The foundation meeting was held on 13 August 1950 at 93 Brighton Road 
St Kilda. The first committee was elected on 27 August 1950 and consisted 
of Wladyslaw Kowalik - President, Wiktor Kwiatkowski - Hon. Secretary, 
Franek Skowronski - Treasurer, Kazimierz Zielinski - Team Manager, 
Boleslaw Mlenski - Coach, Mieczyslaw Terlikowski - Team Manager. The 
meeting decided that the Club would be named Polonia Soccer Club...
"Polonia" being Latin for Poland and the colours of red and white adopted.
Polonia played its first game against JUST (holders of the World Cup) and
defeated them 4:3. It was the beginning of a meteoric climb and the 
beginning of the golden fifties and sixties for the Club.

Polonia became 4th Division Champions in their first season of existence 
1951, 3rd Division Champions in 1952 and World Cup Champions in 1953. 
Destroying all opposition.

Players, who starred in these early days and will be remembered by many 
were Stefan Czauderna and Robert Zablocki, pivot for the Victorian team 
that played the touring England team in 1952. Stasek Galecki was the best 
left wing in the State at the time and Augus Dziura, a fine goal scoring 
center forward.

Jerzy Swoboda          Bernard Przybylski          Zygmunt Gross          Norbert Gajda          Joe Zurawski


Late 60s early 70s team Stefan Katolik
Polonia vs Wilhelmina Stefan Kotloik
Polonia vs George Cross AmpolCup66 Polonia vs George Cross AmpolCup66
Polonia vs George Cross AmpolCup66 Polonia in the 60s
New arrivals from Poland Return of Zientara
During these early years, Polonia was fortunate to have amongst its ranks, the dynamic figure of Ted Lezon, a person gifted with explosive energy and controversial temperament which gave the Club plenty of drive and lift and who to this day is still an influence to the present. In 1956, Ted Lezon was entertaining officials of the Polish Olympic Teams and jokingly said "What about Polonia getting some top class players from Poland", that remark set the ball rolling, Dr Charles Walker, who was present at the time, had influential connections in Poland and the joke became reality. On the 13 June 1959, the first five of a long line of Polish stars arrived in Melbourne. They were Roch Dronia, Ryszard Szczepanski, Kaz Szygalski, Marian Gasior and Viktor Janczyk. Polonia secured approval to play its matches at Maribyrnong at the old Tracy Speedway venue and in an effort to assimilate with the local community renamed themselves "Polonia Maribyrnong Soccer Club". They remained at this venue until 1992, at which time they moved to the Polish Sports & Recreation Centre Albion where facilities were created for their permanent stay. Tracey Speedway Venue - Former Home Ground Polonia has always been a force to contend with in Victorian Soccer circles and has won countless titles. Polonia today is known as Western Eagles Soccer Club, the Polonia being dropped as a requirement of the Victorian Soccer Federation to shed their ethnic appeal. Today, Western Eagles (Polonia) find themselves in the Victorian Soccer Federation Provisional League Division 3 NorthWest. A legacy of their disastrous merger venture with Melbourne City in season 1999. Polonia has been gifted with having some of the most influential people in Polish circles amongst its ranks, the likes of Ted Lezon, who has served in every capacity within the Club and is accredited with single handedly, saving the Club from extinction, soon after its glorious 1987 State League Championship Win. He has been a mentor to many of the present committee and still casts his long shadow today. The late Tomasz Ostrowski, gifted writer, journalist, philosopher extraordinary and Champion of Polish causes. Despite many hardships, Polonia continues to exist today and is celebrating its 50th year of existence. Current President Darren Bednarski (past player and now successful businessman) has embed new life to the Club and with the appointment of Leszek Dzielakowski as head Coach, the Club is well on its way to recapture former glories.


IMPORTED PLAYERS FROM POLAND:
BARAN JanuszBONK Bogdan
BROWARSKI JosefDUDON Jerzy
DZIELAKOWSKI Leszek GADECKI Zygmunt
GAJDA NorbertGAMAJ Wieslaw
GASIOR MarianGAWLIK Jan
GRONOWSKI HenryGRONOWSKI Robert
GROSS ZygmuntJANCZYK Wieslaw
JANKOWSKI EdmundJURECKI Mieczyslaw
KATOLIK StefanKONOPKA Marek
KOSTRZEWA ZdislawKOWALEC Kazimierz
KRYSINSKI TaseuszLERCH Eugenius
LITWIN MiroslawMARUSZKEWICZ Zdislaw
MILA StefanPRZYBYLA Janusz
PRZYBYLSKI BernardPUTKOWSKI Bruno
SEKULSKI RyszardSMOLAREK Mirek
SWOBODA JerzySZCZEPANSKI Ryszard
SZKALEK StanislawWARSZAWSKI Grzegorz
WIDERA EdekWRZOS Ryszard
WSZOLA AndrzejWYSCILIK Jan
ZIENTARA EdmundZURAWSKI Josef



PRESIDENTS:
Wladyslaw KowalikZdislaw Zabuski
Dr. Charles WalkerWiktor Ertel
Marian ZarzyckiJanusz Klimecki
Basil SowiakGeorge Kerry
Wladyslaw SuwinskiGeorge Pater
Mieczyslaw ZurekRichard Makarucha
Tadeusz LezonJoe Gorczynski
Henry DresslerMirek Rybak
Wally KlainJohn Pater
Darren Bednarski (Current)


Email: kspolonia@hotmail.com